design tips: vol 2

August 10, 2010

Get out your No. 2 pencils and jot these few design tips down! ūüôā

For the kitchen:¬† know your cooking/baking style.¬† It’s important to design your kitchen for how you will use it!¬† Do you bake for an army?¬† Have an extra oven and room to spread out.¬† Put utensils, dry goods and baking¬†items in the drawers and cupboards near your mixer.

For the dining room:  a mirror reflecting the dining table is said to increase a feeling of abundance.  Mirrors also move natural light around a room which can be helpful if your dining room has just one window. 

For the mudroom:¬† make it easy for everyone in the family to help organize this space.¬† Kids do really well cleaning up when they have hooks, drawers and of course, gentle reminders.¬†¬†Cabinets that can handle the sizes of everyone‚Äôs bags, laptops, books, purses, boots and other things are a must! If all of this can hide behind a door that can be shut, that’s even better!

For the master bedroom:  this space is for you or for you and your spouse only.  Photos of your kids belong somewhere else!  This is the room that should promote relaxation, sleep and intimacy.  A quick and easy way to do that is to relocate the laundry basket and ironing board!

For the kids’ bedrooms: personalize their bedrooms with items that are practical for their age group.¬† An indoor swing with a hand painted wood seat is easy to install and can promote hours of imaginative play.¬† Hula hoops hanging by hooks on the wall or a beanbag with a small table and reading light next to it are inexpensive and add fun!

cheers, amber

warm color schemes

July 8, 2010

Warm color schemes are comforting, spontaneous and welcoming.¬† Think of an Arizona sunset… these are precisely the colors that make up the warm color scheme.¬†

Warm colors include: red, red-orange, orange, yellow-orange, yellow, gold, and brown. 

Here are some of our hauthaus remodel and furnishings projects with warm color schemes.

cheers, amber

The back entry way can be a scary place. Sometimes the closet doors can‚Äôt shut because there are too many shoes, jackets, and kids‚Äô sport equipment overflowing… we know how that goes. We see it everyday.¬†

By understanding the way the space is used on a day to day basis and adding enough closed storage, the back entry/ mudroom area of your home can be a very functional space.

In a¬† remodel project over near the River Road in St. Paul, we took out the existing closet that was not functioning well for the whole family to use, and gave them each their own individual ‚Äėlocker‚Äô.

Now each family member has their own overhead storage for seasonal and sporting items, hanging storage for jackets and bags, a shelf, and a drawer for shoes and boots.

mudroom drawing

You can see the finished project below and how Joey decorated his locker with his very own ‘chores robot’ in hope that the robot would take over his daily chores.

mudroom after